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All anti-inflammatories are not alike

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 62-year-old male in generally good physical and mental health. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 21. I had bowel resection surgery, but have no debilitating symptoms now, except some diarrhea flare-ups.

January 19, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Iran taking China road?

Is the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme leader of the Islamic Republic, a RINO - a revolutionary in name only?

January 19, 2016 | | Other Views


David Bowie, icon or abuser?

When David Bowie died after a very private fight with liver cancer, obituary writers churned out words like "icon" and "legend" and "subversive." Despite a life of very fluid explorations of musicality and sexuality and spirituality, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano celebrated Bowie as "never banal," displaying an "artistic rigor" which seemed to contradict the sexually "ambiguous image" he presented to "attract the attention of the media."

January 18, 2016 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


MARY LOU HOFFMAN

Home is where the heart is, so goes the old adage. For Mary Lou Hoffman, education comes a close second to a home. Her heart has been in education for more than 50 years. Throughout her professional life, she has devoted her talent, time and treasures to the molding of young minds.

January 18, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Other Views


St. Anthony offers scholarships to help secure a Catholic education

St. Anthony of Padua School has a number of scholarships that could help financially challenged parents secure a Catholic education for their children.

January 18, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Other Views


Wolf packs returning to California

Last summer a trail camera's recorded photos of the first wolf pack in California in almost 100 years.

January 17, 2016 | Don MOYER | Other Views


Farmers brace for shortage despite El Nino

FRESNO (AP) - Farmers in California's fertile San Joaquin Valley are bracing to receive no irrigation water from a federal system of reservoirs and canals for a third consecutive year and looking to El Nino to produce the very wet winter they need.

January 17, 2016 | SCOTT SMITH | Other Views


What Is Ldl Cholesterol?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently saw an article about how higher cholesterol levels (especially LDL) actually contribute to a longer life. I think that means if you don't have high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. I went online, and there are a few articles about this. Since I and some of my offspring have genetic high cholesterol (high HDL, and mine is borderline high LDL), I wonder what you think of these articles and studies. The article I read also says that very low LDL levels contribute to a shorter lifespan and that statins, as much as they are prescribed ...

January 17, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Can you spare a dime for a CEO?

Wall Street buccaneer Carl Icahn has pocketed billions for his himself over the years. But now he says he's passionate about helping others.

January 16, 2016 | | Other Views


GOP family values

God help me. I have come to appreciate why some Republican voters like Donald Trump. It's because he embodies New York in all its ostentation and swagger. When punched, he punches back. He owns his anger. He looks as if he is having a blast. At Thursday night's Fox Business Network GOP debate, Trump readily admitted that he had begun to question whether rival Sen. Ted Cruz is a "natural born" citizen because Cruz was closing in on Trump in Iowa polls. He's shameless, yet you cannot help but admire someone who butts heads with the way ...

January 16, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Lights shining brightly at SSA

About a month ago, I wrote a column about possible declining service at the Social Security Administration. I pointed out that I get frequent emails from readers who complain about overflowing waiting rooms, generally unpleasant surroundings, and overall poor service following a visit to the Social Security office. And I get many more emails complaining about the service, or rather lack of good service, provided at SSA's 800 number.

January 15, 2016 | | Other Views


1936: Rabbit hunt drive planned

100 years ago

January 15, 2016 | | Other Views


Memoir: Covering MLK & family

1964

January 15, 2016 | KATHRYN JOHNSON | Other Views


LIP SERVICE

There are two ways to talk up bipartisanship. You can give the notion lip service. You can lament its loss in modern politics. You can lay the blame of partisan rancor on the times and not at your own clay feet. You can say, "It's one of the few regrets of my presidency - that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better," as President Barack Obama shared in his State of the Union address Tuesday.

January 15, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Proctalgia fugax, literal pain in the rear

DEAR DR. ROACH: I hope you can help me. I have a pain that I would be embarrassed to share, in my small town, with the person who makes my doctor appointments, then the young girls who take my blood pressure and weight, and then, finally, with the doctor. I'm in my late 40s. In the past year, about three or four times I have been awakened in the middle of the night with pain in my anus. Other than that I'm eating better, I can't think of any changes in my life to account for this ...

January 14, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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The Year of ‘Post-Truth’

"Post-Truth." The Oxford English Dictionary named this its word of the year for 2016.

December 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Economy needs attention now, & taxreform is key

President-elect Donald Trump's transition continues to go smoothly. Actually, better than smoothly - confidently. More than confidently - transcendently.

December 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Caring ball for troops a success

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

December 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Europe’s future on the line

The terrorist who hijacked a truck in Berlin and ran over and killed 12 people, maiming and wounding 48 more, in that massacre in the ...

December 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Terrorists wage war on Christmas

2016 hasn't been a hot year for discussions of a rhetorical war on Christmas in our malls or public schools. Maybe we've tuned ...

December 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump Team reaches out to Marine vet ‘out of ammo’

Last week, I received this email from Rennae:

December 22, 2016 | | Other Views


Crony capitalism and Rick Perry

Rick Perry has taken quite a tumble since being governor of Texas. He was a twice-failed GOP presidential wannabe and then ended up being a ...

December 22, 2016 | | Other Views


The real saboteurs of a Trump foreign policy

The never-Trumpers are never going to surrender the myth that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hacking of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and ...

December 20, 2016 | | Other Views


When it is too cold to walk an indoor dog?

DEAR DIDI: We have a male pitbull that is 3 years old. He is gray colored and a mostly indoor dog. We take a 2 ...

December 18, 2016 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Lightheadedness may be due to ‘pacemaker syndrome’

DEAR DR. ROACH: In October 2014, I had my aortic valve replaced, and a pacemaker was put in. I was put on 100 mg of ...

December 18, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


The people of San Joaquin County have spoken; let’s hope state regulators will listen

The mission of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is to balance water allocation and water quality protection for California. With its latest river ...

December 17, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump is taking on Wall Street

Actor Jack Nicholson says he finally understood the meaning of the word irony when his mother called him an SOB.

December 17, 2016 | | Other Views


Foreign meddling in our vote? It’s simply payback time for USA

Even in an election year as shot through with conspiracy theories as this one, it would have been hard to imagine a bigger bombshell than ...

December 16, 2016 | | Other Views


Power of the President

For decades, political science students have been taught the late Richard Neustadt's battle-tested maxim that the power of the president is the power to ...

December 15, 2016 | | Other Views


Rangel doesn’t blame ‘whitelash’

Donald Trump once called the Rev. Al Sharpton "a con man," meaning that Sharpton plays the race card less out of sincerity and more as ...

December 14, 2016 | | Other Views


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